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This project is coordinated by the Research Unit on Biodiversity of the Centre for Philosophy of Law, an autonomous research Institute of the catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, and carried out under the Fifth European Framework Programme.

The objective of this second workshop on the governance of biodiversity is to apply a multi disciplinary analysis of normative choices in international institutions.

It is the main objective to analyse various alternative institutional propositions for the regulation of biodiversity as a “reserve of potentialities” that take into account the distributional problems arising from its global character and the difficult balance between its existence, informational and insurance values for the different user communities. Indeed, a more diversified approach to the design of the institution is needed to overcome the exclusive focus on trade transactions and to integrate the perspective of biodiversity as a global public good. Our approach relies on the mutual enrichment of different disciplinary perspectives focusing on the transformation of regulatory institutions, such as new-institutional economics, legal theory and political sciences which were at the heart of our first international seminar.

In particular, the seminar will focus on new requirements for regulation related to bio-prospection activities, such as the currently debated option of a legal regime of access and benefit sharing compatible with TRIPS and the reform of integrated incentive politics. More precisely, whether it be the “unbundling” and allocation of the different use rights previously in the hands of one state our community or the redefinition of our moral responsibility balancing our use rights with a duty to preserve non-renewable resources for future generations, one can observe a growing tendency to reconsider the classical conceptions of property rights within the field of biodiversity governance. In this seminar, we would like to advance in this reflection on property rights with a particular attention to emerging values such as the protection of traditional knowledge (know how), the role of the global public domains in innovation processes and the sustainable use of biodiversity.

Finally, as in the first research seminar, this approach supposes a thorough analysis of learning processes towards the integration of new social values into new governance mechanisms in the concerned organisations. The seminar will also follow up on the role of learning in the field of biodiversity governance, in order to elaborate propositions on the way in which innovative conceptions of property rights could evolve in international platforms and within the access and benefit sharing regime. Ultimately, we plan to publish an edited volume incorporating the papers presented at the workshop.


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